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Helping Children Succeed in School - 20 Practical Tips

By Andrew Loh



Classroom and school success comes naturally to those children, who develop a rigid and strict daily regimen. Parents have a lot to do, when it comes to make their children ready for their school. Here are some proven methods and techniques that will help your children perform better in their school:

Tip #1: Prepare a healthy and nutritious plate of breakfast that contains all necessary vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. A child who eats a healthy breakfast is known to develop his or her brain quicker than the one who does not eat a good breakfast.

Tip #2: Make your children sleep early, so that they get enough rest. Wake them up early well so that they get ample time to get ready for their class. When children focus their mind and energy on their classes, they will be prepared to handle complex situations that arise in their classroom.

Tip #3: Prepare a great meal that contains enough vegetables and leafy additives. A glass of juice a day will nourish your children very well.

Tip #4: The next day's classroom preparation should be finished the night before. Preparing school clothing, school bags and shoes should be done as early as possible.

Tip #5: Praise your children as often as possible. Use positive words every day in the morning and just before going to the bed. Use positive reinforcement to urge them to develop positive personality.

Tip #6: School work is very important for all children. Homework should be given top most priority. Check your children's school diary everyday to look at instructions. Let your children do their homework in the evening itself, so that they can sleep early.

Tip #7: Help your children with their homework especially, when there is a project work to be done. However, do not interfere their homework session unnecessarily, unless there is some problem.

Tip #8: Check your children if they have any pending assignments or projects. Keep a tab on their classroom work.

Tip #8: Visit their school at least twice a week. This will encourage your children to study harder and better.

Tip #9: Keep in touch with class teachers and other staff to keep tabs on your children's academic progress. Find out if there is any problem with your children, especially with their performance related to tests, quizzes, grades and sports activities.

Tip # 10: Discuss with your children's class teachers, if you feel that your children are lagging behind. Try to find the reason/s for lagging behind. Seek your teacher's guidance and help to set right unfavorable situations.

Tip #11: If your children have an inclination towards subjects other than the usual classroom subjects, help and encourage them without hesitation. Some children are very good in sports, while others are skilled in arts and music. Help your children to streamline their skills and talents.

Tip #12: Develop reading habits in your children. Children who read books will become wiser and smarter. Take your children to a local library and help them bring some good books.

Tip #13: If you feel that your children are gifted, consult a child expert to know how you can help and manage them to exploit their skills and talents.

Tip #14: Allow your children to express their mind. Listen to their problems and provide valid answers.

Tip #15: Ask open ended questions to get open answers. With this approach, you can help your children develop critical thinking skills.

Tip #16: Allow your children to play and get required exercises. Physically fit children are sharper and smarter.

Tip #17: Play board and strategy games with your children. These useful play tools are known to sharpen your children's brain and lead to better brain development.

Tip #18: Play chess with your children. Chess is a game that leads to a three-dimensional development of brain. Chess is intuitive, exploratory and imaginative and it can teach patience and concentration in children.

Tip #19: Play quiz and memory tests with your children. Quizzes and memory tests can help your children develop critical thinking and imagination skills, apart from intuition and memory power.

Tip #20: Teach your children how to take competitive tests and exams. Teach them the basics of competitive tests and demonstrate how to manage their time. Time management is the most precious skill that your children can learn and master.

These are some of the most simple and practical tips that can help your children get better grades and scores. However, your children should learn how to express their opinions and expressions in front of their class teachers and peers. Confident children can easily perform better in their classroom tests and projects. Dedication, concentration, positive attitude, attention, an urge to perform better, inner motivation and learning to set goals are some of the most critical factors that will eventually help your children perform better in classroom and attain best possible success levels in the school.

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Peak Performance for Smart Kids provides success strategies, activities, tools, real-life examples, and checklists for parents to employ to help their kids achieve to their highest potential. Even the most talented child will not succeed if he or she has not developed the mental, psychological, and emotional skills to face the heavy demands of high performance.

By working with parents to complete the activities included in this book, high-ability kids will learn to manage stress and anxiety, set and achieve goals, use mental rehearsal to improve performance, manage their moods and emotions, practice optimistic thinking, and resolve their frustrations of needing to belong while needing to achieve.

 

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